Development Practice

University of Queensland

Master On Campus
24 months
31744 AUD/year
22960 AUD/year
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The Master of Development Practice from University of Queensland addresses key challenges in the world today, including the rights of Indigenous peoples, inequality, gender, health, violence, alternative economics, climate justice and environmental sustainability.


With a diversity of delivery options – including intensive, online, practice-based learning environments and in-field research – this 2-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program is designed to fit in with your interests and availability, whether you're starting, advancing or rethinking your career.

Local communities in Australia and overseas are situated within rich and complex global dynamics. The Development Practice program from University of Queensland equips you with theoretically informed skills to embrace the challenges of understanding, practising and rethinking development at different scales.

Drawing from anthropology, community development, planning, political science, sociology and related fields, Development Practice offers you a unique, multidisciplinary and practice-based learning experience.

The graduates work across government, industry and community settings in development, social services, health, planning and elsewhere, to contribute to collaborative social change.

Program highlights

  • Benefit from a program taught and supervised by scholars engaged in the field through research and practice.
  • Become part of a multicultural study environment and connect to an international cohort who contribute rich and diverse experiences.
  • Develop a strong multidisciplinary foundation and complete core courses including community development, planning, sociology, international relations and politics.
  • Join a program that welcomes applicants from various academic, professional and cultural backgrounds who are eager to rethink and redefine development practice.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:
  • Social justice advocate
  • Multicultural liaison officer
  • Social inclusion officer
  • Indigenous community adviser
  • Community planning and policy adviser
  • International aid worker
  • Outreach services officer
  • Sustainability researcher
  • Community development manager

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Global South Cities: Development planning theory and practice 
  • Indigenous Politics within and beyond the state 
  • Politics of Development 
  • Gender and the Global Politics of Development 
  • History and Theories of Development 
  • Participatory Development Practice 
  • Transformative Economics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 082606B

  • Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31744 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31744 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22960 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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